Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 17-year old has been sentenced to two years in prison, with the final year suspended for burglary at an addiction treatment centre in the city last year.
The teenager who has an alcohol addiction and who cannot be named due to his age, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
He was part of a group who burned down the centre but he denies having any role in setting fire to the building.
The teen pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of burglary at the Community Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre, situated in an isolated area of Merlin Park Woods, Galway, on September 29, 2013.
Garda Emma Kerins told the sentence hearing she and two colleagues were on patrol at 2am when they found the building engulfed in flames.
She said the accused admitted going in and out of the building that night without permission and taking biros and markers.
He denied setting fire to the building but would not name the people who did.
Defence barrister Geri Silke said the youth had a serious addiction to alcohol and he would benefit from addiction treatment counselling while in custody.
Jude O’Donnell sentenced the youth to two years’ detention and he suspended the final year of the sentence with conditions.
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Appeal to Galway students to avoid drugs as they return to city’s colleges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s Crime Prevention Officer is appealing to students to avoid drugs and get involved with other aspects of campus life instead as they return to the city’s colleges for the new academic year.
Over 1,800 people aged between 18 and 24 entered a drug treatment programme last year, at a time when students were studying remotely.
Gardaí have today launched a new awareness campaign reminding students can lead to a criminal record, risk of addiction and loss of career opportunities.
Garda Crime Prevention Officer for Galway Sgt. Michael Walsh says gardai are concerned at the growing drugs culture and the potential outcome.
1,423 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,423* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 286 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
“COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland – it is important that all of us receive our COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to us.
“Once again today, we see more elements of our society and economy reopen. If you are fully protected through vaccination, then you can have confidence that your vaccination, and your continued adherence to the public health advice appropriate to each environment, is the best way you can protect yourself from COVID-19.
“If you display cold or flu like symptoms like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose, self-isolate immediately. Please do not meet up with others or attend events, work or school. Arrange a PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible.”
Efforts continue to find base for Galway city’s Christmas Park n Ride service
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts to secure a suitable base for a park and ride system in Galway city during the forthcoming Christmas season are continuing.
City Council CEO, Brendan McGrath, told a meeting of City Councillors that efforts to find a base for the service in the Racecourse area are ongoing, despite earlier failed attempts to secure the Ballybrit location.
Councillors at this week’s City Council meeting stressed that only 98 days remain from now until Christmas.
But time is of the essence if a park and ride bus service is are to be in place in Galway city for the shopping season.
Efforts to establish the long-standing park and ride starting point at the Galway Racecourse have not worked out, so far.
There is a Covid testing centre at the Racecourse which limits the space there.
However, Council CEO Brendan McGrath said that contacts continue with the Racecourse management in the hope of reaching a solution.
In the meantime, Councillors Alan Cheevers and Declan McDonnell suggested the Galway Airport site should be looked at but Senior Engineer, Uinsionn Finn said that it may not be a good location.
Councillor Clodagh Higgins said she could see shoppers hitting for Athlone or Limerick to escape the traffic gridlock in Galway unless a park and ride service was in operation at Christmas.